A Pembrokeshire sand artist took to Tenby’s North Beach recently to highlight her creations for ITV Wales’ Coast and Country.

Rachel Shiamh (partner of the late inspirational sand artist Marc Treanor) returned to Tenby to create a wonderful whale in tribute to the humpback that glided into local shores recently at Fishguard & Goodwick Bay, and also to highlight campaigns and bring awareness to culling that still occurs in parts of the UK.

Sand artist Rachel Shiamh
Sand artist Rachel Shiamh with Coast and Country presenter Sean Fletcher standing with her creation on Tenby's North Beach (Photo: James Harries Multimedia Ltd) (Photo: James Harries Multimedia Ltd/Rachel Shiamh)

She met with one of the show’s hosts Sean Fletcher on the beach to discuss her work.

Marc Treanor who lived in Dinas Cross, sadly passed away back in the summer of 2020, when he tragically drowned on a trip to Cornwall, but his memorable work, which often carried a message, and raised awareness of certain issues, will live long in the memory of anyone who witnessed, either in person, or via social media, where his coastal creations would often go viral, gaining thousands of likes and shares.

Rachel is making sure Marc’s legacy lives on, by continuing to create masterpieces across the county’s beaches, vowing to continue creating such eye-catching sand sketches, and with it his environmental message.

Rachel sand artist
Rachel with the Coast and Country crew (Photo: James Harries Multimedia Ltd/Rachel Shiamh)

“A day of grace - as the sun shone down upon this homage to the Whale and in particular to the humpback who glided into our local shores recently,” said Rachel, who resides in St Dogmaels, in an eco-house, after ‘letting go’ of a dance career many years ago, so she could connect more fully with nature.

“Such a great crew, canvas and climate.”

She told the Observer last year: “I learnt so much from Marc and he encouraged my own creativity. When he unexpectedly passed it felt for me like medicine to take to the sands and create and so it has continued.

“Marc’s passing created a beautiful connection of a wider network of sand artists all around the globe - we offer a unique expression of our artwork to the one ocean - a light grid across the planet!

Rachel's latest creation on Tenby's North Beach
Rachel's latest creation on Tenby's North Beach (Photo: James Harries Multimedia Ltd/Rachel Shiamh)

“I’m now part of a global sand art community which was forged then, as many sand artists were following his art.”

Rachel’s own Facebook page can be found by searching for ‘Rachel Shiamh a Quiet Earth’ whilst her Instagram profile is: rachelshiamhquietearth

You can also check out her website at: www.quietearth.org.uk

The episode for Coast and Country is scheduled to be screened on ITV Wales sometime in April.